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Students to Benefit from Educational Opportunities and Engagement with D.C.’s Entrepreneurial Community

Washington, D.C. – 1776, a startup incubator and venture fund in downtown Washington, D.C., and Georgetown University announced that they will partner to provide students with educational opportunities for direct engagement with D.C.’s unique entrepreneurial ecosystem. The partnership is spearheaded by the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative, in concert with Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, Law Center, School of Continuing Studies, and the Office of Community Engagement.

Through the partnership, Georgetown students, faculty, and staff will have access to dedicated space at the 1776 campus and can connect with the robust community of startup activity located there, including mentorship, corporate connections, media attention, and access to educational classes and events featuring the District’s burgeoning startup community. Campus organizations such as the Law Center’s Social Enterprise and Nonprofit Law Clinic will expand their D.C. community network by participating in programming at 1776.

“1776 provides Georgetown students with an incomparable opportunity to interact with innovators in our community. I look forward to seeing student ideas come to fruition with the mentorship and guidance of 1776’s vast network of entrepreneurs,” said Kelly Otter, dean of the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies.

“Georgetown is an incredible university, and we’re thrilled to support their initiatives to foster student entrepreneurship across the entire institution,” said Donna Harris, cofounder of 1776. “The more that students can get into the startup ecosystem and get hands on with startups, the more we can build a strong pipeline of entrepreneurs for tomorrow.

The 1776 partnership builds on Georgetown’s existing resources for entrepreneurs, such as Startup Weekend, which runs from Friday, September 19 to Sunday, September 21, and the Entrepreneurs in Residence Program.

“1776 provides Georgetown students and faculty with valuable connections to the real world of entrepreneurship, both locally in D.C. and globally with their worldwide startup network,” said Jeff Reid, founding director of the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative. “This partnership will benefit the entire Georgetown community as we continue to promote entrepreneurship across the various schools and units on campus.”

Learn more about entrepreneurship at Georgetown by visiting the StartupHoyas webpage.

About 1776

1776 is a global incubator and seed fund that finds promising startups focused on solving the world’s most fundamental challenges and helps engineer their success. 1776 focuses on startups in the most broken, entrenched industries and sectors that impact millions of lives every day – specifically education, energy, health and cities.

Because solving big challenges in entrenched industries requires a different approach, 1776 is revolutionizing the startup landscape. From its hub in Washington, D.C., it is sparking a global movement of “problem-solving’ startups through its Challenge Cup and Startup Federation, the premiere network of incubators throughout the world.

1776 was founded in February 2013 by Donna Harris, a serial entrepreneur and the former Managing Director of the Startup America Partnership, and Evan Burfield, founder of netDecide, a provider of enterprise wealth management solutions, and the consulting firm Synteractive.

About the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative

The Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative, led by founding director Jeff Reid, inspires Georgetown University students to be entrepreneurial, teaches them the entrepreneurial lessons learned by others before them, connects them to useful resources, and helps them pursue their own unique entrepreneurial interests. The initiative manages an array of courses and extracurricular programs to serve the Georgetown University entrepreneurial community, both within and outside of the McDonough School of Business, and fosters stronger connections to the vibrant Washington, D.C., entrepreneurial community and the Georgetown Alumni Association. Signature programs include the StartupHoyas Challenge Business Pitch Competition, the StartupHoyas Incubator, the McDonough School of Business Entrepreneurial Fellowship, the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Alliance, the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Faculty Exchange, Entrepreneurs in Residence, and events such as Georgetown Entrepreneurship Day, the Venture Capital Investment Competition and Global Entrepreneurship Week. Learn more at

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